St. Ann's Warehouse to Present Donmar Warehouse Shakespeare Trilogy Screenings
The Brooklyn theater had previously presented the US premieres of Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Julius Caesar, Henry IV, and The Tempest.
After presenting the US premieres of Donmar Warehouse's all-female Shakespeare Trilogy — Julius Caesar, Henry IV, and The Tempest, all directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Dame Harriet Walter — St. Ann's Warehouse will present the American screen premieres of filmed versions of all three plays May 31-June 3.
In 2016, following a 13-week final repertory season, the plays were filmed in front of a live audience in London and edited for the screen to include separately shot, handheld, and GoPro footage. Now, St. Ann's Warehouse will screen them over the course of a weekend, with audiences getting the chance to see all three films in one day, over three days, or individually.
A press release describes the Shakespeare Trilogy as follows: "In the meta-theatrical trilogy, developed and produced over the course of five years, the actresses played inmates in a women's prison assuming the characters in Shakespeare's plays. This layered motif brought out the tense and often-brutal power dynamics evoked by Shakespeare, magnified in the context of the prison as a space designed to isolate and strip people of their agency."